1. What is Brent crude? When they talk about the price of oil, they mention West Texas Intermediate (WTI), and Alaska North Slope (ANS), they also mention Brent Crude. What does that mean? This Wikipedia post spells it out. There's even a goose involved.
2. Here's a good discussion on American science ignorance at Quartz, or put another way matching this blog's underlying theme, the American way of not knowing. This physician begins by pointing out that the US as a country is one of the very best in science, but as individuals we've got a lot of ignorance. She picks out a study that defines scientific literacy in terms of whether subjects could identify 'correct' scientific facts. She writes,
Scientific literacy has little to do with memorizing information and a lot to do with a rational approach to problems.And she gives three reasons the fact based approach to scientific literacy is problematic.
- Facts change. That may come as sacrilege to some, but she points out that old ideas get modified by newer experiments.
- It encourages people to dig in their heels about what they think they know.
- The interpretation of data requires critical thinking.
3. The Quartz page also had an article about El Chapo and Sean Penn and mentioned burner phones. That led me to a post that explains the evolution of burner phones. The Wire is mentioned as where many people first heard the term. I watched The Wire but didn't remember that word. So here's the burner phone post on PureTalk.
4. Netflix codes for all their different categories. This lets you get beyond what they think you'll like.